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Gubba Gold Rum from Colorado

Gubba Gold artisanal American rum is made with natural organic vanilla, delivering a smooth and flavorful spirit.

This rum is produced, blended and bottled in small batches at a craft distillery in Denver, Colorado. The process begins with organic evaporated cane fermented in stainless steel.

The fermented wash is double distilled, first in a classic Alembic copper pot before a second distillation in a copper column hybrid with 20 plates.

Gubba Gold Rum from ColoradoAfter distillation, the base rum is blended with an infusion of whole organic vanilla beans in high proof rum, then diluted with Colorado Rocky Mountain snow melt water to bottling proof.

The result is a delicious, unpretentious artisanal rum, finished with a touch of sweetness that makes it quite smooth on the palate.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of light creamy vanilla wafer appear before a hint of pepper. On the palate, subtle caramel and vanilla bean leads to soft creamy vanilla sandwich cookie at mid-palate with hints of butter. The finish is soft and light with lingering echoes of sweet shortbread and soft vanilla.

Wicked Smooth

Gubba Gold Rum was designed to be enjoyed on the rocks, but also provides a wonderful tropical base for cocktails. The brand likes to describe this golden colored, lightly flavored rum as being “wicked smooth,” a descriptor that’s entirely fitting.

The 750ml bottle of Gubba Gold Rum, at 35% abv, sells for about $22.


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Montanya Exclusiva aged rum from Colorado

From Crested Butte, Colorado — some say the last great Colorado ski town — comes Montanya Exclusiva aged rum, a fine aged American craft rum with a unique flavor profile from Montanya Distillers.

Montanya’s limited edition Exclusiva is a pot still aged rum that rests for 30 months in American White Oak Barrels that previously held Colorado whisky. It is then finished for six months in a French Oak barrel that recently held Sutcliffe Vineyard’s Colorado-made Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.

“Many rums on the market today contain only a fraction of the oldest rum they advertise on their labels,” said Karen Hoskin, Co-founder and President of Montanya Distillers. “However, with our Montanya Exclusiva aged rum, this is a single barrel rum, which is aged for three years. Every bottle is marked with its barrel number.”

Limited Edition Montanya Exclusiva aged rum rests in whiskey and port barrels for a delightful assimilation of flavors.

Montanya Distillers’ limited edition Exclusiva aged rum from Crested Butte, Colorado is a fine exampled of the growing trend of award-winning American rums.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of earth, cane and brown sugar are complimented by the oak and wine berry notes over hints of baking spice and vanilla. On the palate, the aged rum spirit is well enhanced by the wine barrel accents revealing notes of honey and raisin, vanilla, port and whiskey before fortified wine and butter linger into the long finish.

Montanya Exclusiva aged rum is the first line extension since Montanya Distillers opened in 2008. It will mainly be available in Colorado through Republic National Distributing Company and at Montanya’s tasting room in Crested Butte, Colorado.

“We have always wanted to age a rum in the barrel for longer than the Oro and Platino,” said Karen. For the first five years we were in business, all we could do was keep the Oro and Platino in stock, so the Exclusiva kept getting bottled and sold as Oro. Finally we just had to commit to it. It was worth the wait — it is such a unique rum. Not everyone will understand what we are doing with this rum’s flavor profile, because it finishes dry and tannic unlike most rums which finish sweet with a rush of caramel. The vinous character of this rum is something I personally love, because I have always preferred my rums more dry. I love what the French Oak and its Port contribute to the Exclusiva’s smoothness. But if you are looking for a traditional Caribbean style rum, this is not it. It is made from only 12% molasses, This is mountain style all the way — raw unrefined cane, altitude age and mineralized mountain water to proof. It is just plain different and worth a sip.”

Awards

Montanya Exclusiva aged rum joins Montanya’s Oro dark aged rum and Platino light aged rum, which together have won 19 gold and silver medals in international competitions. The Platino also won two Best in Class designations and was named Best White Rum at the World Rum Awards in 2015.

The brand has gained a solid reputation not only for creating well crafted spirits, but also for their philosophy of incorporating smart and sustainable technology, such as their 100% wind powered distillery and tasting room. The barrel aging facility includes a south-facing solar wall which warms the barrels and opens the pores of the oak during daylight, then allows the crisp mountain temperatures to cool the barrels at night, emphasizing the interaction between spirit and wood.

Montanya Exclusiva aged rum in the 750ml bottle sells for $59.

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